Rhodes turns nWo
By JOHN POWELL
In the 1997 SLAM! Wrestling Year-end Poll, turnbuckle heads
rightfully voted nWo Souled Out as the worst pay-per-view they shelled
out their hard-earned green for. Shame faced, World Championship
Wrestling boss Eric Bischoff and the booking boys understood that they
had to redeem themselves. This year's edition beamed out of the Hara
Arena in Dayton, Ohio, brought squared circle legends back to the
forefront. Dusty (The American Dream) Rhodes unleashed a nightmare on
die-hard WCW fans and Canada's Bret (Hit Man) Hart grappled Ric Flair in
a masterwork of a match that turned the clock back about four decades to
a time when the best technical skills not the biggest muscles were what
Dusty Rhodes, the revered working man's champion and WCW colour
commentator stunned the wrestling world tonight by aligning himself with
Hollywood Hogan's New World Order gang. Turning his back on the WCW
tradition-based philosophy he publicly endorsed, Rhodes sneak attacked
Larry (The Living Legend) Zbyszko in his special challenge match against
nWo member Scott Hall. Providing moral support for Zbyszko at ringside,
Rhodes leapt into the ring as Hall supporter Louie Spicolli
Fans in attendance standing and cheering wildly welcoming his return,
Rhodes pulverized Spicolli. Zbyszko held the former ECW grappler
wide-open for Rhodes' trademark Atomic Elbow, Spicolli ducked and the
blow missed hitting The Living Legend instead. Scott Hall signaled to
Rhodes who removed his jean shirt to reveal an nWo T-shirt underneath.
Rhodes, Spicolli and Hall beat on an outnumbered Zbyszko.
"WCW bite this!" as his parting shot, The American Dream departed with
his arm draped around Outsider Hall.
Billed as a battle of the champions, former five-time World Wrestling
Federation champion Bret (The Hit Man) Hart and thirteen-time WCW
champion Ric (Nature Boy) Flair put on a eighteen minute clinic that
should serve as Chapter One in any aspiring wrestlers' textbook. With
the ever-flamboyant Flair decked out in a glittering gold robe and Hart
wearing his traditional sunglasses and leather jacket, the two locked-up
but Flair, the master of the mind games, wriggled out to style and
Dominating the opening moments, The Hit Man wrapped Flair in his own
Figure Four finishing move barely two minutes into the bout. A quick
grab of the ropes on the Nature Boy's part broke the hold. Suplexing
Flair back into the ring, Hart shoved him then rudely slapped him to the
mat. The Nature Boy put the brakes on slipping outside to collect his
Flair tagged as the dirtiest player in the game was the first to shred
the rule book. Distracting the referee by asking to check the time with
the official time keeper, Flair mule-kicked Hart in the area most men
think too much with. A running knee drop to the noggin and a headlock by
The Nature Boy brought out the chant...Let's Go Bret...Let's Go Bret.
Hart tried his Figure Four around the ring post move but the referee
would have none of it. Flair hurled Hart hard into the steel ring fence
twice working on The Hit Man's knee inside the ring.
Borrowing from his brother Owen's arsenal, Hart clipped Flair in the
back of the head with an Insiguri kick. The cagey WCW seasoned veteran
regained the momentum putting Hit Man in the Figure Four and slapping
him in the face. Clenching his fists, Hart fought off the pain long
enough to reverse the hold. Nature Boy walloped on Hart's chest with
knife-edge chops. They only infuriated Hart into pulling down the straps
on his one-piece wrestling attire taunting Flair to dish out the
A Super-Plex off the top rope prepared Flair for Hart's Sharp Shooter
submission hold. At 18 minutes and five seconds, The Nature Boy shook
his head in the affirmative handing Bret Hart a victory in his World
Championship Wrestling pay-per-view debut.
The next WCW pay-per-view is SuperBrawl 8 on February 22nd. In the
main event, Sting meets Hollywood Hogan in a match to decide WCW's world
WCW / nWo Souled Out results
Super Calo / Juvetud Guerrero / Chava Guerrero / Lizmark Jr. Vs La
Parka / Silver King / Psychosis / El Dandy
: Chava delivers a Corkscrew DDT to lead his team to a win.
: After the match, La Parka brains the opposing team and his own with a
steel chair knocking them all out. He does a little strut (the chair
under his arm) as he splits.
Winners: At 15 minutes and 4 seconds, Super Calo / Juvetud Guerrero /
Chava Guerrero / Lizmark Jr
Raven Vs Chris Benoit
: An announcement is made as Raven is in the ring guarded by his Nest.
WCW officials have decided that The Nest is banned from the ring during
tonight's match and that Raven must wrestle. Raven says "I don't need
: At 2:19 in the Anything Goes match, Raven chairs Benoit over the back.
Heenan says "They heard that one back in Canada
: Benoit puts Raven in the Crippler Crossface. Raven smiles enjoying the
agony but fades into unconsciousness.
: The Nest attempt to do a number on Benoit but Dean Malenko does the
save. Malenko and Benoit trade respectful glances heading to the
dressing room on separate routes.
Winner: Via submission, Chris Benoit at 10 minutes and 37
Chris Jericho (challenger) Vs Rey Mysterio Jr. (champion)
Cruiserweight Title Match
: Jericho is wearing a Rey Mysterio T-shirt.
: The commentators sell Mysterio's knee injury throughout the
: Mysterio's move from the top rope is flipped into the Lion Tamer and
: The crowd boos Jericho's win. Jericho responds..."You like me. You
really really like me."
: Jericho rips off Mysterio's knee brace, chains his leg to the steel
ring steps and clobbers the exposed knee with a metal equipment box.
Mysterio has to be carted off.
Winner: and new WCW Cruiserweight Champion...Chris Jericho at 8
minutes and 17 seconds
: Roddy Piper calls Sting, Hall and Hogan to the ring. He announces that
Hall deserves his shot but can't challenge the WCW Champion (a title
shot awarded when he won World War 3) because there isn't one. Piper
declares that Sting will meet Hogan at SuperBrawl for the belt. Hall
abandons Hogan and Bishcoff in the ring shaking his head in disgust.
Bischoff wonders aloud..."What's going on with Scott Hall?".
Rick Martel (challenger) Vs Booker T (champion) WCW Television Title
: At 7:18, Booker T lands the Harlem Hangover for the 1-2-3. At first an
angry Martel takes the belt then he reconsiders, gives the belt to
Booker T raising his arm and shaking his hand.
Saturn comes out
of the crowd attacking Martel. Booker T saves Martel.
Winner: ...and still WCW Television Champion...Booker T at 7 minutes
and 18 seconds
Scott Hall Vs Larry Zbyszko
Winner: Via disqualification, Larry Zbyszko at 8 minutes and 30
Konnan / Scott Norton / Buff Bagwell Vs The Steiner Brothers / Ray
: Traylor and Rick won't tag Scott in until the very end of the
: Scott drops Konnan with the Screwdriver Piledriver for the
: Scott and Buff continue their posing competition. Dibiase, Rick and
Traylor argue with Scott but the team is still together.
Winners: The Steiner Brothers / Ray Traylor at 12 minutes and 16
Kevin Nash Vs The Giant
: Hogan and Bischoff are at ringside.
: The Giant slams Nash at 9 minutes and 36 seconds in.
: The Giant chokeslams Bischoff off the apron and into the ring.
: Hogan hands Nash a decanter of hot coffee. Nash pitches it in The
Giant's eyes and punches him "below the belt". Nash Jack Knife Power
Bombs The Giant who appears to land quite awkwardly on his neck. The
trainers come out and wrap The Giant eyes in bandages.
Winner: Kevin Nash at 10 minutes and 33 seconds
Bret "The Hit Man" Hart Vs Ric "Nature Boy" Flair
Winner: Via submission...Bret Hart at 18 minutes and 5 seconds
Lex Luger Vs Macho Man
: Hall comes down carrying a chair. Hogan tries to stop him. Irish
whipped into the ropes, Macho knocks Hall off the ring apron. Hall falls
on Hogan. The nWo assail Luger. Sting saves Luger and clears the ring.
While Sting has Hogan in the Scorpion Death Lock, Luger Racks
Winner: Lex Luger at 7 minutes and 5 seconds via disqualification
Total event time: Two hours and 45 minutes.